ESPN came out with another list of top "sleepers", this time referring to basketball recruiting. I know it sounds dumb since ESPN could just change their rankings, but they make a strong point stating
"Finding the right fit, meshing players and developing talent all play a role in how recruiting classes grow and excel at the college level. With that in mind, we've identified five sleeper recruiting classes -- defined here as any class ranked outside the top 10 -- most likely to outperform their ranking."
Essentially, there's more to how good they think a class is than just the individual rankings of players. The fit is very important was well. And this is something I think we can all agree on.
Michigan checks in as the number 2 "sleeper" (and the 12th best class) behind Marquette (ranked 11th best class). Also included at 3, 4, and 5 respectively are BYU (14th), California (26th) and Iowa State (30th).
This seems to be pointing out what we all know already, Beilein doesn't necessarily recruit the best players like you get at Kentucky, but he finds the players that fit his system and then they excel.
Note: I know some of you don't like paywalled articles, but my thoughts are that I would rather have a short synopsis of some paywalled article that can fascilitate discussion over no post at all.